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Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Second Edition
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March 2019 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written from a global and critical perspective with a diverse range of cases and examples throughout, this is an inspiring read for developing leaders operating within global and multicultural work settings.

‘Power’ is taken as central theme for this book, opening up discussion about issues that are often neglected in leadership texts i.e. fairness, equity, justice, resistance, conflict, emancipation, oppression, rationality, politics, globalization, the natural environment, and knowledge.

New to this edition:

  • Two new chapters - Dr Suze Wilson on the “History of leadership thought” and David Knights on “Embodied leadership, ethics and its affects.”
  • A new “summary case” feature - integrative case studies with accompanying discussion questions, topics include the #MeToo movement, New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and Suma Foods.
  • All chapters revised to incorporate new research published since 2014

The book is complemented by a range of online resources including PowerPoint slides, videos of the book’s authors providing an overview of the chapter and discussing why the topic is important, access to journal articles discussed in the book, and links to additional relevant material.


Table Of Contents
Suze Wilson
Prologue: An Unconventional History of Leadership Studies
Part I: Classical Theories of Leadership
Donna Ladkin
Chapter 1: Leadership, Management and Headship: Power, Emotion and Authority in Organizations
Scott Taylor
Chapter 2: Trait Theories of Leaders and Leadership: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-first-century Neuroscience
John Cullen
Chapter 3: Leading through Contingencies
Helen Delaney and Sverre Spoelstra
Chapter 4: Transformational Leadership: Secularized Theology?
Suze Wilson
Chapter 5: History of Leadership
Part II: Leading in Context
Brigid Carroll
Chapter 6: Leadership Learning and Development
Annie Pye
Chapter 7: Leadership, Governance and Strategy
Amanda Sinclair and Michelle Evans
Chapter 8: Difference and Leadership
Nancy Harding
Chapter 9: Studying Followers
PART III: Contemporary Perspectives
David Knights
Chapter 10: Leadership and Ethics
Simon Kelly
Chapter 11: Leadership and Process
Lucia Crevani
Chapter 12: Relational Leadership
Neil Sutherland
Chapter 13: Leadership without Leaders: Understanding Anarchist Organizing through the Lens of Critical Leadership Studies
Jackie Ford
Chapter 14: Leadership, Post-structuralism and the Performative Turn
Owain Smolovic-Jones and Brad Jackson
Chapter 15: Seeing Leadership: Becoming Sophisticated Consumers of Leadership
David Knights
Epilogue: Embodied Leadership, Ethics and its Affects


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